Kids Korner

Hand Winged Bald Eagle

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The Bald Eagle is our National Bird.  With all the red, white, and blue crafts and décor this week a Bald Eagle sounded like the perfect symbol of freedom to add to our Independence Week.

This fun project turned out to be my little guy’s favorite of all time.  HE LOVES HIS EAGLE.

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Ten Minute Play Dough; Endless Fun

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Play Dough is a daily activity at our house.  We use cookie cutters, rolling pins, toothpicks, and even hot wheels to create, mold, and let our imaginations run wild!

This Ten Minute Play Dough recipe requires five ingredients that you likely already have tucked away in your pantry, requires no cooking, and is easily ready for endless fun in just minutes…

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Summer 2014 Bucket List

This 2014 Summer Bucket List was created by both myself and my three year old;
the fluorescent pedicure is for Momma however if my tot has any say in the color I will likely have ten different neon colored toes!

bucket list summer 2014 disney california adv 1.  Visit Family
2. 
Make a Tie Dye T-shirt
3. 
Water Gun Fight
4. 
Find the perfect spot to view more
than one Fireworks show on the 4th
5. 
Go to Disneyland
6. 
Make S’mores
(and then make them again)
7. 
Pay for a stranger’s tea or coffee
8. 
Go on a Family Picnic
9. 
Visit three different beaches
10. 
Go to a Baseball Game
11. 
Discover a new Splash Pad
bucket list summer 201412. 
Build an Elaborate Sand Castle
13. 
Buy & Fly a Kite
14.  Bike Coronado Island
15. 
Run through the Sprinklers
16. 
Send a gift card & a drawing to
someone unsuspecting
17. 
Get a Florescent Pedicure
18. 
Skip a Rock
19. 
Watch the Sunrise
20. 
Create a new Dessert that
tastes like Summer

 

We were able to cross a couple items off our summer bucket list when my sister was here the first week of June.  We will continue to post photos on Instagram as we make more memories from our bucket list including my pedicure that may or may not make next summer’s list.

What about your list?  What fun summer plans have you made?  Comment to share!

Here’s to sunny days and memories made.
– T

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“Hand” Made Flag T-Shirts

aIMG_2878Last year me and my little guy made flag      t-shirts for him and his big brother.

These Patriotic shirts turned out perfect for Memorial Day, Flag Day, & Independence Day.

My teen still wears his regularly however my tot has grown a few sizes since last summer and with a Marine Boot Camp Graduation in our near future as well as Flag Day and Independence Day we made him a new one this week that fits.

To create this Flag T-shirt you will need five items …
*White T-Shirt  *Blue Fabric Paint  *Red Fabric Paint  *Paint Brush  *Small Hand

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Instructions:  Prewash t-shirt; Place a piece of cardboard inside the t-shirt so that the paint does not bleed through to the back of the shirt; Start with the blue hand print before adding the red stripes with a paint brush; Allow time to dry before wearing and washing.  Wear with Pride.

aIMG_2849And one more suggested instruction:  if your little one is anything like mine I recommend you pull out an old t-shirt from the Goodwill box in the Garage and some washable paints to paint while you work on the red stripes.  My tot loved every minute of painting a t-shirt “just like Momma” and was extremely proud of his finished product.

Cute, right?
– T

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Hungry ‘Egg Carton’ Caterpillar

 

A fun preschool activity to go along with reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book (by Eric Carle) is painting and creating an Egg Carton Caterpillar!

aIMG_1242First, hang on to that egg carton you have in the fridge once you empty it.  You will also need paints, paint brushes, googly eyes, glue, and a pipe cleaner. 

Begin by cutting the carton in fourths.  Use the cover of the book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, as a model caterpillar.  Paint your Caterpillar Carton (we used teal, green, blue & red paint for ours).  After the paint dries glue the googly eyes on your caterpillar and punch two holes in the top of your carton to thread the pipe cleaner through.

These Caterpillar creations are fun to play with and look great on display on a bookshelf.  My little guy loves reading books and as we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar his Egg Carton Caterpillar mimics the story.

Tip:  Empty Egg Cartons do not just come in handy when creating Hungry Caterpillars; they are also perfect when painting – add different paint colors in each pocket; and they are great to have around when working on fine motor skills – add fuzzy balls and other small objects in the pockets for little ones to pick up and sort while working on their finger coordination.

Have fun repurposing that egg carton!
– T

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Bedtime Prayer Book

aIMG_1335The nighttime routine at our house begins with bath time & brushing teeth, then we exchange hugs and kisses, followed by reading books & saying prayers, and finally we sing some of our favorite songs including “I See The Moon”, “Jesus Loves Me”, “Twinkle Star”, and “You Are My Sunshine” before our little guy drifts off to dreamland.

Listening to our tot say his prayers is one of the sweetest moments of the day.  He often repeats an aunt, uncle, or cousin several times which is our indication that he is really missing that particular aIMG_1315person.  Some nights prayers last a long time including blessing as many friends and animals that come to mind, other nights prayers end after “Daddy, Momma & Bubba” have been named and the infamous “and everybody we love, Amen” line has been shared aloud.

To combine my tot’s love of his family and books along with his list of prayers I created a bedtime prayer book for him.  I used the program MyPublisher to create a prayer photo book in which pictures of loved ones are displayed from times those he prays for shared a fun moment with our little guy.

In the past I have created photo books on four different aIMG_1295online photo company websites.  There is only one that I truly didn’t care for the print quality and they have since been bought out by a different company.  Overall, I prefer MyPublisher as the adding and editing of photos, pages, backgrounds, and accents happen right on my computer rather than over the internet.  MyPublisher offers a free downloadable program  to create books.  The program includes many background, font & accent options and is very user friendly.  After the book is created on the PC it just takes one click to upload it to the MyPublisher website for print.

aIMG_1307The Bedtime Prayer Book I made for my tot is a perfect keepsake and it is already a favorite in our home.  My sweet bookworm loves having a photo book of prayers which holds his memories and loved ones that he is so fond of including his aunts, uncles, and cousins.

The Bedtime Prayer Book, of course, ends with “God Bless all God’s children and everybody we love.  Amen”.

– T

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A Purple Flower; Making My Mother’s Day

 

book - lisa joRecently a blog post by Lisa-Jo Baker, author of Surprised By Motherhood, caught my eye.  The title of this particular post – How Not To Be Disappointed This Mother’s Day.  In this article Lisa-Jo discusses what we as mothers EXPECT; her point on Motherhood being more than a 24 hour period once a year is made clear.  She offers eleven ideas to celebrate and honor Mother’s Day by giving to others without the expectation of receiving.  Lisa-Jo ends with “Because the thing is, we mother because we’re called to it. We mother because it’s a gift.  We mother because God trusted us with these kids. We mother because we can’t not.”

This article really had me thinking.  Thinking of the moments I had been disappointed  without realizing that what I was really doing was putting an expectation on someone, some thing, or some day.  Years ago I read The Five Love Languages and discovered my first love language is quality time and my secondary language is acts of service.  So therefore I naturally want to give others those things that I like to receive sometimes forgetting to consider their love language and how they might like to receive a gift.  Without fail my little guy and I make a homemade creation for my husband each holiday.  In my love language time equates to love therefore it is important to me to teach my little guy this type of giving.

While my husband is a perfect match for me and pretty amazing at a lot of things he’s not so much the “sit down and create something crafty with a three year old type”.  He’s more of a “little blue boxes create smiles so I’m on my way to Tiffany’s after bath time the night before the gift is needed type”.   Thanks to Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog I decided to take matters into my own hands this Mother’s Day.  One day this past week when the time of the day arrived in which I teach my sweet boy a little something & we create with our hands I announced to him that on this day we were going to make his Momma something.  We discussed Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and how we give love, hugs, kisses and hand made creations.  And to my delight he was all-in!  He immediately responded “My make you a ‘fow-yer’!  A purple ‘fow-yer’ and ‘well-wo’ sun!!  Pwease momma.”  (He sometimes refers to himself as “my”.)

aa-photo(24)We started with a white sheet of card stock that my tot painted blue with a paintbrush.  After his nap when the blue paint had dried he used his knuckles and fingertips to create a yellow sun, his finger tips to splotch a stem, “weaves”, & grass, and his hand to create my purple flower.  It’s beautiful.  My first “homemade for me (by my youngest son) creation.”  I framed it!  I love how enthusiastically my little guy agreed to give to his momma.  I love the act of love & time we shared creating it, and I love the smile on my tot’s face and the sincerity in his voice when he announced “All done!  Momma woves purple fow-yers.”  He’s right.  I love my Mother’s Day gift.  Though the real gift in all of this is that I was chosen to be his & his “Bubby’s” momma and that is the greatest gift I will ever receive.

Happy Mother’s Day to you, and to all Mommas and Step Moms, Adopted Moms, Grandmas, Deployed Mommys & Mr Moms, Mothers-in-Law, Aunties and Surrogate Moms, and to all Women who Nurture.  I hope that you know and feel love on Mother’s Day and everyday.
– T

 

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